Nov 21, 2012

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My First Turkey

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I cooked my first turkey! And, it actually turned out great! Now, I will say it didn’t look that glamorous, but I was always taught not to judge a book by its cover. LoL!

 

Here’s the ingredients I used:

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  • Turkey (I got a small one: 6.89lbs)
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1/2 Green Pepper
  • 3 Sticks of Celery
  • 1 Cup of Salt
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. of Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp. of Accent
  • 1 Cup of Butter (no photographed – it was shy Smile)
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Gallon of Water
  • 1 Cup of Red Wine

 

1) Preheated the oven to 325 degrees.

2) I cut off all the yucky, fatty parts and cleaned the turkey…my bird was in desperate need of a bath. LoL

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3) I prepared my brine: combined the red wine, salt, sugar,water & lemon (I squeezed the juice before throwing the lemons in).

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4) I placed the turkey in a bag, and poured the mixture into the bag (tied the bag). Then, I placed the bag in my crisper, and let it sit in the refrigerator for 24hrs.

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5) The next day I took the turkey out of the bag, and thoroughly rinsed it off. Afterwards, I pat it dry with a paper towel…Even after rinsing it off, the turkey kept it’s girlish, pink tan (from the wine), which was a little concerning at first.

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6) I placed the turkey in the pan. Then, I cut up the veggies and placed them in the pan. I also put some of the vegetables inside the turkey.

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7) Next, I made my butter mixture by combining the butter, garlic salt, pepper, and accent in a bowl. And, after mixing everything together real good, I rubbing it onto the turkey and put some inside of the turkey. Then, I poured the chicken broth into the pan.

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8 ) Placed the pan in the oven, and let the turkey bake for 2 hours and 15 minutes. I kept the lid on the pan for most of the time, but once the turkey was 20 minutes away from being done I took the lid off. Also, I did sprinkle a little paprika on the turkey while it was cooking in hopes is would aid in the browning. I didn’t want a Pink Panther turkey!

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9) 2.25 hours later my turkey was all done. It was moist, filled with flavor, and it was nice and brown. Not pink!

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I am overjoyed that my first turkey turned out great! And, I got rave reviews from everyone who tasted it. Someone even told me it tastes better than their mom’s (no lie)! **G.I.G.**

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM FRUIT OF MY BRANCHES!

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